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As photographers, we find ourselves shooting events/gigs solo because often times it’s just not in the budget to pay someone else to shoot with us.
I totally understand this mentality. And currently that’s why I still shoot most of my events solo.
Cost aside, here are some great reasons why a second shooter is worth it.
First, about your shooter: It’s important to hire someone you can trust. If you haven’t built up a relationship with a new second shooter yet, bring them on to a less essential shoot. That way you can see what they are capable of and work out the wrinkles in a less stressful situation before the big event. Your relationship with your shooter(s) is very visible to your employer, so it’s important that you communicate clearly and establish expectations in advance to the gig.
Why a second shooter
They can be where you are not: pretty simple, you can’t be in two places at once. Unless you’re Hermione with a Time Turner (please let me know if you have one, I could use it). This is one of the biggest reasons to have a second shooter. They can shoot from the back of the sanctuary wide while you shoot tight up the aisle. They can work the photo booth while you capture candids of the crowd dancing. Then there’s just the fact that they will get a great shot that you couldn’t because you were across the room getting the “main action.”
Two minds, two different pictures: very simply, by having two people shoot you will generate two different sets of images. The details you are drawn to will be photographed differently by your second shooter. You can learn to see things a whole new light by bringing in another perspective.
Second shooters can be more creative: while you are getting the “necessary” shots, they can try for the shots that are more creative/experimental. This is sometimes where the best work can be produced. Since the pressure is off of them to get “the” shot, they can approach a scene from a different angle and generate a perspective you would not have been able to produce shooting solo.
Subject relaxation: sometimes to get the most natural and realistic portrait of someone, it takes making them laugh and relax in front of the camera. Often times that can come from you and your second shooter laughing and having a good time! The best example of this was when I worked for Cole Gorman of Blest Photography, as a second shooter, as we did bridal portraits for one of his clients. The bride to be had a killer “schmize” (no smile, straight face) look, but the smile could seem forced at times. However, her genuine smile was BEAUTIFUL. So if Cole was shooting her, I’d be there talking and laughing with her to get that natural smile to break through. Most of the time the joke was at mine or Cole’s expense, but all clean and in good humor. That’s the key.
It can be difficult shooting solo to maintain laughter while focusing on getting the shot, so bring on that second photographer to help relax the scene.
Two’s company: it’s just flat out more fun to have someone else there to shoot with you! Whether it’s to share in a funny moment that just happened with your client, or to pass the time in a slow patch of the event, having a second shooter makes it more enjoyable. It also generates more energy! As long as one of you is always positive, you can really help each other have fun and push through an event.
Shots of yourself: sounds a little selfish, but hopefully your second shooter will get some shots of you working. This door goes both ways as well. Get some shots of your second shooter! We are behind the camera all the time, so to have a high quality shot of ourselves (usually candidly) while working is a gift. Focus on getting the shot your clients are paying you for, but when time allows it grab a shot of your co-worker.
You know that your friends are awesome, so remember that for years to come!
Get a photo shoot with you and your closest friends during college so you can have professional photos to look back on for years to come. They also make for great gifts to share with family! (See more photos below)
Here are the packages for 2013:
Individual Graduation Portraits:
30 minute sessions (on campus)
Outfits: With and without Cap and Gown
From proofs, choose your 15 to receive and 3 to be touched up (facial blemishes, etc)
15 Full Resolution photos delivered online via Dropbox
15 Web Resolution photos delivered online via Dropbox
$120 (deposit required via Paypal)
All pictures from photo shoot, more photos touched up, extended session, off-campus
1.5 hours (on campus)
Includes individual portraits (1 chosen by you to be heavily touched up)
100+ Full Resolution photos delivered online via Dropbox
100+ Web Resolution photos delivered online via Dropbox
Personalized website to share with friends and family to order prints
$100/person (deposit required via Paypal)
Off campus/multiple locations
Video slideshow of your photos
More than 6 people
*DISCOUNT*- If you refer a friend and they purchase a complete package, you will receive $20.00 off. (Limit 2)
Email to schedule yours this spring!
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